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please, hollywood, don't wreck top gun's place. the goose was alive, he would be telling tom cruise, no no, mav, this is not a good idea. that's all for us tonight. ac 360 starts now. good evening. it's 10:00 p.m. on the east coast. we begin keeping them honest with two winlss to the murder of men, women, and children. two men who saw up close what the serious government still denies. boshausch basher alasad's forces have made war on bobbaba amr. the siege appears to be over. the guns that poured so many shells into homs have gone quiet, but only because the resistance is gone. what comes next could be worse. the eye witnesses are gone or dead, meaning government forces now have free reign, and the fear is they'll use it to move in and keep killing while their
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leaders keep lying. the regime has told lie after lie about what they're doing. we have documented this on the program over the last year. the latest lie, that one of the eye witnesses who just escaped from homs who you're going to hear from on the program tonight, they say he's dead, he's not, and what he's going to tell us could be the last, best account of the destruction in baba amr. opposition fighters in the free syrian army have pulled out of homs, and the army could be poised to go in. the syrian army, after what our sources say were the two bloodiest days of fighting they have ever seen. in the end, light weapons are no match against heavy artillery and forces willing to target apartment buildings, houses, and mosques. you can hear the anguish in that man's voice as the shells land. this has been going on for a
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month in this one city and neighborhood and this is what government forces have been doing to the neighborhood where tens of thousands of people once lived and the regime is denying it is happening. as we said, the opposition has moved out. the free syrian forces calling the pullback a strategic move to spare the remaining civilians. reports are only about 4,000 people remain. what you are seeing is people out in the streets gathering snow to melt because at this point they have no drinking water. they have no electricity, no heat, very little communication with the outside world. they have seen shelling throughout the day, snipers on rooftops aiming at them, and here they are reduced to risking their lives for a bucket of snow. again, the free syrian army left, we're told. the remaining civilians are entirely at the mercy of the forces. the forces and unarmed -- and plain clothes security forces and military forces have thought nothing of killing men, women,
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and children, and thought nothing of kidnapping kids. long before the shells started falling on homs, children were being taken, tortured, and killed. the pictures as you imagine are revolting but for day after day and week after week and month after month they have also been the daily reality in homs. once the shelling began, babies like this boy named adnan, were dying from shrapnel wounds and lack of medical care. of the some of the last video we have seen is brutalizing to see and says everything about this war conducted by an army and the children are the victims. a boy we don't know his name trapped in the rubble of a home. he is buried. you see him there up to his waist, already an orphan, already disabled. not a terrorist, not part of an armed game, which the regime said it's fighting. it is just a boy in the upper part of the scream half buried by a regime that will consider his agony a failure because in the end that boy survived. as we said, the violence, the
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videos have slowed to a trickle today with our connections, the people in homs being cut, and two eyewitnesses managed to get out and tell their story. both were hunted by the regime and a resistance member named danny whose reporting you have seen all month and a spanish journalist javier espinosa and was with marie colvin and remi ochlik when they died. the syrian news agency put out a press release saying he is dead. the official syrian news agency posted a story today saying they recovered your body. the syrian red crescent, they claim, was unable to get your body out of the country because of, quote, armed terrorist groups. when you hear that, what do you think? >> well, i think that they're quite wrong. you can see yourself. if it is not because of the sufferring in baba amr, the
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would be a nice joke. >> it is one of the many lies the syrian regime told. this is just the latest. what you saw with your own eyes, can you describe what life has become like in baba amr for the people living there? >> well, it's an enormous tragedy, enormous, very, very rough situation. describe the normal day there, start shelling at 6:00 in the morning, very systematic and sick:00, start the shelling, they don't stop until 6:00 p.m. they don't shell at night. i don't know why. from 6:00 to 6:00, they stop for lunch, and that was also very precise, at 1:00, they stop for one hour, and resume shelling. and it's a lot of shelling in a very small area. the shelling is very concentrated. >> now that you're out do you worry what is appearing in baba amr now? >> i think now there is no
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journalists there and no media working anymore because they suspended transmissions, the civilians are on their own and the report of regime in the past is not very good and the latest news i have because i was in touch with them is it's almost finished because they don't have any more way of resisting the advance of the army, and that's also a problem for supplies and but already, the humanitarian situation was completely critical. they had nothing. they didn't receive nothing at all. >> you survived the shelling in baba amr that killed jurnalist marie colvin and remy off lick, and you said the picture was shocking. what happened in that hour? >> well, we were just sleeping and they were falling down on our building, the building where we were staying, so the building was hit at least twice, and we woke up and we concentrate
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altogether in the same room and one of the guys who is the media officer there abu haneen, my personal hero, he told us get out because they are targeting the building. he was outside already and saw the rockets were targeting the building. he shout get out from the building. they're targeting the building. at the moment we tried to get out there was another guy inside who told us, no, come back, because he already had heard the sound of incoming shell. so i was able to come back in the room and i took shelter after a wall, but marie and remi were already outside and received the full explosion of the rocket that fall down on the gate of the building. >> javier espinosa, i appreciate your reporting. thanks very much for talking with us. >> thank you very much. >> he was escaping homs and he and other activists trying to bring out wounded were ambush many of them were killed.
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when he wasn't reporting for his paper he was tweeting even as he made his escape from syria. the other eyewitness is the syrian expatriate we have been calling danny. almost daily his dispatches posted on youtube told a story of ordinary people caught in the cross hairs. >> this is one of about 50 or 100 of them. expecting the forces to attack this place in homs called baba amr. even in the houses people aren't safe anymore. >> as you can see, all the people down here, this is civilians, running away from the government. all we ask for is help. we want to get rid of this regime. it is killing us. this is where civilians live. these are civilian bodies. this isn't army. this is one of the houses in
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baba amr. look at these children. is that how the assad regime is supposed to treat our children? you can see another rocket landed on one of the civilian's houses. this has been going on all day long. why isn't anyone helping us? where is the humanity in the world? where is the freaking u.n.? >> danny made it out of homs, out of syria. i sat down with him a few moments ago. >> what do you think is going to happen now in ababa amr. >> what i know is going to happen now is that the army will enter baba amr and have revenge on the families that live there, and they will take out revenge on the families that live there, torture women and kids and will steal every single thick they find in the houses. they will break shops. they will burn houses down. this is going to go on for a week. >> what made you pick up a camera? >> i actually went back not to get a camera. i went back to join the free syrian army.
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they did not allow me to join and said i have no training and they said you have english and try to get the truth to the outside world. they wanted to know the truth what was going on and picked up the camera and started shooting me doing reports. >> are there images that stick in your mind about things you saw that you weren't able to document or things you saw that when you closed your eyes at night, those are the images you see? >> also the images, i remember, the first week because i wasn't used to seeing pieces of bodies in the street, seeing bodies i can't save, i can't even move because a sniper would shoot me if i tried to move a body, bodies with no faces, losing parts of their bodies, losing arms, losing legs. that's the first week. after that i got used to it and got used to seeing all of that. you get used to seeing the crisis going on. >> some of the most heartbreaking images you captured were inside the medical clinics that people can't go to a real hospital because the syrian government has taken them over and will take the people
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away and seems like there is hardly any medical supplies, and people are dying for simple lack of basic medicine. >> all we have is four doctors. one of the four doctors is a dentist. they learn how to do surgery. we haven't got good equipment even. the problem is we have no outside help. we want doctors to come in and the world to know what's going on there and no one is helping us. no one is doing anything about this. it has been nearly a year. >> i spent a lot of time in sarajevo and people would say the same thing year after year, you're taking pictures and telling our story and nobody is doing anything about it. nobody is helping. what is that like to be crying out every day and not have anybody really hear you or people hear you but not do anything? >> it is terrible. look, if we pick up arms, people will attack us. we are still peaceful demonstrators going out. 40 persh of the population are
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going out in demonstrations. we don't want the government to stay. no one is doing anything about it. we knew the arab league would do nothing about it. we thought the u.n. might help us. the u.n. didn't do anything about it. we thought america would help, england would help, no one is helping. not even moving. we feel terrible. we are going to die. and we can't stop. we will not stop this revolution. after the killing, bashaur al assad, what he did in homs and all of syria, we will not live under his grip anymore. >> it has gone too far. >> it has gone too far. we will not talk peacefully to him. >> you don't think like where his father was able to kill tens of thousands of people in one month and stay in power. you think that won't work? >> what's difference between then and now. then there was no media. even us in different cities didn't know what was going on in hamma. now we have media. what is killing the regime is the media we're getting out. if it wasn't for the media we would have more than 200,000 dead now.
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the media is the strongest power for us getting the story out. since the first time we went out demonstrations we got the mobile phones, videoing the demonstrations. if they shoot us we can get it to the media so the outside world knows what's going on. >> what do you want to have happen? there is talk of some groups arming opposition, some countries, whether it's arab countries, middle east countries, europe, nato, the eric league setting up safe havens in the north, humanitarian corridors. >> as you just said, talking, is there any action? they have been talking for more than eight months now. we did not see one good thing come out of it. no one did not -- on the ground is nothing. everyone is talking and diplomats talking and no one is doing anything on the ground and we're dying there. no one is doing anything about it. we're going to keep on dying. everyone is talking. we want the military to come in. we want the air force to come, the u.n. to come in. we don't care if america comes in to help us with ground troops.
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we didn't say no about this. what does sos mean? everyone is going out saying s.o.s. we want any army to come in and save us. we don't care if satan comes in and helps us. what he is doing is terrible, raping women, killing people under torture, and he doesn't care how many he kills. we're living under rockets for more than 20 days. under rockets. we don't know if a rocket is going to land and kill us. that's how we're living. with he don't mind if we die. this is how we're living. we're only scared about losing parts of our bodies. >> there is some people i think in the u.s. and maybe elsewhere who have seen the revolutions in egypt or tunisia and worry about a group like muslim brotherhood or al qaeda in some cases. when you hear that -- >> we laugh. we laugh. this is the syrian government doing all of this lies. we sit there and laugh. where is the muslim brotherhood, that's us fighting, syrians. it is not muslim revolution. they ask us, why do you come out
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from mosques? well, my answer, how are you going to gather 10,000 people? >> a mosque is the only place you're allowed? >> we have christians in the mosque. that's the only place to gather big amounts of people. that was in the beginning without the security forces finding out. >> the revolution really began with children, children who are protested in dara who were arrested and tortured, and that's what angered people. and we continue to see children targeted, children tortured, their bodies returned to thaeir families. why are they doing that? why are they returning bodies of children to their families? >> where are they going to put them? we already have loads of mass graves all over syria. they will return them and make the family sign on a paper saying that the armed gangs killed my child. that's what they're doing. they killed my brother, the only way to get my brother back, the body, is to sign on a paper saying the armed gangs killed my brother. >> is it a warning to families
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about -- is it a threat? is it a warning about what will happen to others? >> yeah. if my family was in syria now they would be killed. anyone there working against the government would be killed. anyone who asks for freedom, just the word freedom, will be shot in the head, a traitor? >> you're working with a group, syrian americans for democracy. did they help you get out? >> they helped me come to america so i could get back to help the people. if we don't get the funds out, we need to keep homs going. we need to get the revolution going in homs. they're doing fund raising dinners here to get the money and the support we need for the guys down on the ground. >> is it too late for homs? >> no. >> if the military moves in on the ground tomorrow -- >> it won't stop. i might go back. this is not going to stop. if they're going to have to kill every single guy living in homs. there is not one family that hasn't lost a relative or lost a relative underneath to h tortu torture. why would they stop? there is not one family who hasn't got a relative shot or injured or killed.
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they will never stop. >> until you saw this with your own eyes, did you believe this could happen in the modern world? >> no. i knew this was going to happen from the beginning of the revolution. i didn't know it would take this long to finish it. i thought he would do that in the third or fourth month of the revolution, but he's just doing it slowly. his father did it fast. his father killed more than 60,000 in one month. >> do you think it is inevitable he will fall? >> he will fall. he is not staying. i have a belief, everyone believes he is going to go. he is not staying anymore. we will keep fighting until he kills us all. we will not stop fighting this regime. he killed everyone. he has killed every single guy i love, all my friends, all the guys -- everyone in homs that has been injured or shot or tortured. we will not stop this revolution. this revolution will go onto the end. eve either us or him. >> us or him. let us know what you think. you can follow me on twitter. up next, another keeping them
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honest report. remember the terrifying reports of toyotas accelerating on their own? tonight will you see information the company didn't share with the government and only cnn has the internal memo. toyota says what we found isn't relevant. the experts we talked to say otherwise. also ahead, story from the storm and the people of harrisburg, illinois. they have been through so much and showing such strength and it could be tested by more punishing weather. it is headed their way. gary tuchman is in harrisburg for us. >> the teenager who allegedly opened fire inside an ohio high school killing three students is charged with murder in juvenile court but will he eventually be charged as an adult? we'll have new details. also for the first time we hear from the football coach who chased the gunman out of the school. why he says he is no hero when "360" continues. ♪ [ male announcer ] how could switchgrass in argentina,
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exclusive "keeping them honest" report, a new study by a private research group that says last year alone more than 300 toyota owners reported incidents of cars and trucks taking off on their own power, called sudden unintended acceleration and last year toyota and the federal government said whatever the problems were, electronics were not at fault. the blame went to bad floor mats or sticky gas pedals or driver
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error. drew griffin is here with an internal toyota engineering memo the company concedes it did not provide the government investigators and a toyota customer who says she is convinced her brand new lexus surged ahead on its own. >> tanya thought all of the problems with suddenly accelerating toyotas were old news, which is xathly why she bought the car of her dreams, this 2011 lexus es-350 last uni. >> did you think it was solved? >> oh, i thought most definitely it was solved. the federal government tested, you know, toyota, they said it was floor mats or a sticky throttle or something like that. i believed the government. >> 7,000 miles later on the day after christmas she says she was pulling into a parking spot at a local mall, gently riding the brakes, she says, when, well, take a listen. >> the car just lurched forward, and hit the cement wall in front of us.
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>> she jammed on the brakes so hard, she says she straightened ligaments in her foot causing massive swelling. when she called her dealership a salesman insisted she call a toyota company lawyer. >> you won't drive this again? >> i will not drive the car again. >> at the height of the panic of the reports of unintended acceleration there was lots of speculation about the cause, electronic interference, faulty computer programming, and bad parts, but in the end toyota and the national highway transportation safety administration determined likely causes were three things, floor mats, stuck gas pedals and operator error, drivers accidently pressing the gas instead of the brake. >> my foot did not slip off of a brake and hit the accelerator. i know that. not pulling into a parking space. >> despite a government investigation and toyota's assurances, hundreds of other drivers have told them they
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share her skepticism, but if not driver error, what could be the cause? toyota has never conceded an electronics or software problem could in any way be responsible for sudden acceleration in its vehicles. now cnn obtained an internal toyota engineering document written in japanese with english translation which shows in one instance during preproduction testing an electronic software problem was discovered. to confirm the document's accuracy, cnn commissioned two retranslations. they confirmed engineers found a problem described as a malfunction that caused the vehicle to accelerate on its own in one translation or sudden unintended acceleration in the other. the malfunction found in the adaptive cruise control on a preproduction model designated
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250-l, later sold as the lexus 460 in europe and japan. neither that car model or the adaptive cruise control system were ever sold in the united states. adaptive cruise control uses sensors to detect obstacles in the road ahead and adjusts speed even stopping the car to prevent a collision. clarence ditlow is the executive director for the center of auto safety, a watch dog group founded by ralph nader. >> what the memo tells me is there was an electronic problem that caused unintended acceleration in an earlier model lexus, the 250, and they wanted to avoid the same problem occurring in the 180, and they identified a failure mode. >> if true, it would be the first time there was any evidence electronics could have caused a case of sudden acceleration in a toyota vehicle. toyota insisted to cnn it is not what the memo said and spent weeks trying to persuade cnn not to air this report.
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last week toyota consented to an on camera interview with electrical engineer kristin tabar. >> this has nothing to do with unintended acceleration at all. >> the company insists that the issue was discovered after toyota intentionally and artificially produced an inappropriate sensor signal as a test of the electronics fail safe system. toyota says the adaptive cruise control was too sensitive and released the brake for less than a fraction of a second and toyota stressed the vehicle did not physically move forward. the company says the test resulted in an adjustment and refinement of the cruise control before it went into production, and the issue has never occurred in any toyota vehicle sold. >> the exact translation of the memo is not sudden unintended acceleration. again, this is a test referring to the adaptive cruise control, so the literal translation is it can begin or start by itself. >> tabar who was not part of the
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testing team and does not speak japanese says the adaptive cruise control performed perfectly. three translations of the document refer to the vehicle moving on its own though tabar insists -- >> it didn't move at all. that's why we're confident is has nothing to do with unintended acceleration. >> toyota did not provide cnn its own english language translation of the document. independent automobile safety engineer neil hanmen examined all three document translations and concluded in 2006, toyota did indeed have an electronics problem that in at least one test case caused sudden unintended acceleration. >> this is a tangible, repeatable, fixable issue that they identified in this vehicle. it is related to software issues which is something that toyota said is infallible in their systems. >> more than 300 owners reported sudden acceleration problems to the government just this last year including tanya spots.
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>> it was almost as if an alien took over and pushed it forward. >> last month, toyota engineers examined her lexus, downloaded the onboard data, and told her the results. according to toyota, it is indisputable diagnostic readings show at exactly.4 seconds before impact the accelerator rate and the engine rpms jumped, a clear case, the company says, of pedal misapplication. according to toyota, she somehow hit the gas before slamming the brake. tanya's response, no way. >> i believe this is an electrical problem, there is a glitch somewhere. it is a matter of how do you prove that. i am at a loss. i can't prove that. >> drew, the government itself did an extensive ten-month investigation even brought a
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nasa engineering experts to determine there were no electronic issues they could find related to sudden unintended acceleration. basically clearing toyota. why didn't the government have this document or did they? >> they didn't. toyota sent thousands of documents to transportation officials but not this one. the company told us it was because, and i am quoting here, the test and the document had nothing to do with unintended acceleration or a defect or safety flaw of any kind, but i must tell you one of the consultants hired by congress to look into this at the time engineering professor michael peck of maryland said this document should have absolutely been part of any investigation into sudden unintended acceleration and he was surprised nitsa didn't have it. >> you can see the relevant documents and translations related to the story at cnn.com. still ahead, 17-year-old t.j. lane was charged in the shooting rampage that killed three high school students in ohio. charges were filed in juvenile court and prosecutors say he will likely be tried as an adult. we'll have the latest on the case and in harrisburg,
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in chardon, ohio, the case against t.j. lane is moving forward. prosecutors charged the high school shooting suspect with six counts, including three counts of aggravated murder. lane was arrested monday outside the high school as ambulances were rushing to the scene. prosecutors say he confessed to
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taking a 22 caliber gun and a knife to school that morning and firing ten rounds. five students were shot. three of them died. daniel parmertor and demetrius hue ln were 16 years old, another victim was 17. on monday this coach chased the gunman from the building risking his own life and tried to help the gravely injured boys. here's what's he said today. >> to the victim and the families i want to say that i am sorry. my thoughts and prayers are still with you. to the families of danny, demetrius, russell, i want you to know i was with them. i prayed with them. i wiped their tears. i know god was with them. i don't know why this happened. i only wish i could have done more.
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i am not a hero, just a football coach and a study hall teacher. the law enforcement, first responders, that came to our aid, they're the heroes. i am here to tell you that tomorrow our schools will be open. our teachers will be there. our administration will be there. our parents and community, and more importantly, our children will be there. i can't tell you how great these children are. >> coach hall may not consider himself a hero, but plenty of other people do tonight. martin savidge joins me. the charges today, they're the first step in proceedings that could see this teenager charged as an adult and facing the possibility of life without parole, correct? >> yeah, absolutely. these charges by the way were filed in juvenile court but david joyce, the prosecutor says it is just about guaranteed under ohio law given the age of the shooter, 17, and given the
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fact or the severity of the charges, that he will in fact be tried as an adult. so it should be point out that this is a death penalty state but of course being a juvenile, 17, he cannot be tried with the death penalty, so the max he could get is life without parole. >> the arraignment is scheduled for tuesday. >> yeah, they call it the initial appearance here in the state of ohio. that's going to take place, 3:00 p.m., tuesday afternoon, and then on march 19th, there's another hearing. that's the one they'll start the motion to begin the process to try him as an adult. >> have they determined any kind of motive? >> no. it is very interesting. again, david joyce, the prosecutor, said that he has not told them why he did it but then david joyce also said in his confession that t.j. lane said it was not about bullying or that it was not about drugs. really what he said was that he chose his victims at random. it is the prosecutor who said, see, it wasn't about bullying, it wasn't about drugs.
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that was some of the early speculation. there are a lot of people in this community that don't necessarily buy that. >> and i know classes resumed tomorrow. you were texting with one student. what did he tell you? >> well, i talked to a lot of students, and of course, all of them will tell you that tomorrow is going to be a pretty powerful day. i actually asked my nephew to put it into words, and he said for most of us, we're ready to go back. he said he was glad they let us in to get our things and walk the halls. it will be hard and i doubt that anyone will be doing any learning tomorrow, but we can't live in mourning forever. he is a senior at chardon high school. >> we wish them the best going back to school tomorrow. appreciate the reporting. taking a look at other stories we're following right now. isha is back with a 360 news bulletin.
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>> potentially damaging testimony in the web cam spying trial of a former rutgers university student. a friend of the defendant testified that dharun ravi appeared uncomfortable having a gay roommate and also said that ravi told him he spied on tyler clemente and planned to do it again. he killed himself days after ravi tweeted he watched him kiss a man in the dorm room. a disabled cruise shape reached port after several harrowing days at sea. it lost power in the indian ocean after a fire in its engine room. it is part of the same fleet as the costa concordia which wrecked off italy's coast in january killing at least 21 people. >> and riding gas prices are not slowing down car sales. the big three are reporting improved monthly sales in february, among the best in the past four years and one car expert is saying this month is way beyond their expectations. >> good news there. thanks. coming up, survivors of the tornado that hit harrisburg, illinois, what they have gone through today with another big
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the same area hit by deadly tornados have a storm system taking aim at them. weather watches are up for parts of missouri, arkansas, tennessee, mississippi, kentucky, and illinois. the forecast calling for strong thunderstorms, possible tornadoes as well.
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a 13th person died today from injuries sustained in the tornado yesterday and in harrisburg where six died and several hundred homes were leveled people walked the streets that used to be their neighborhoods. the mayor spoke about the strength of the community that is no doubt true but so are the raw facts of a day after any storm with the power to do this and the power to kill. today the strong people of harrisburg were tested. gary tuchman was there. >> patty and d.j. farrell are entering a funeral home in harrisburg, illinois, clutching pictures of the child they brought into the world 22 years ago, their daughter jay lynn who died in the violent tornado in the small illinois town. >> jay lynn's life was a testimony. she was only 22, follower of christ, and she taught sunday school of 3-year-olds with plea for about the past five years or so. she always worked in bible school. she served. >> she was a nurse. she lived by herself in a home that was utterly destroyed by the tornado.
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she was missing for many hours. then her mom and dad heard a body matching her description was in the funeral home. >> i just went in and i mean i knew it was my baby. her hair wasn't fixed like she would have liked it. i mean, you know, she was still a pretty girl. >> it wasn't just jaylin who tragically died. in the aftermath of the storm this line of homes has become ground zero for heartbreak and loss. steve mcdonald is going through the devastation looking for memories and keep sakes of a woman he loved, mary osmund, his mother-in-law, also killed in the tornado. this is where her home used to stand. she lived in harrisburg her entire life. she was here by herself when the tornado struck. her roof was flung across the street. >> we hurt, you know, but i give anything to have her back here. she was like my mom because my mother died when i was 14.
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>> i just realized this is not good. >> jim price is returning to her home for the first time since the tornado. she lived a few hundred feet away from mary osmund and jay lynn. her house was heavily damaged. as the tornado blew in, she, her two children, and her mother took cover in the bathtub. >> they were lodged in here and i held onto the toilet. my mother was making sure and my son, she said i don't know if i suffocated him, but i was making sure he was staying down. my daughter was going nuts. i turned and had to slap her to calm her down and stay dune. she tried to get out of the tub and i said get down. >> jenn knows they and her family were very lucky. what's notable and poignant is that patty farrell says she feels lucky, too. >> even in the midst of the pouring rain when you can't see or hear anything, he is there, he is there, and he is with us.
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he carries us and he gets us through. >> heartbreaking to hear her talk about her daughter. you covered a lot of tornados. it is hard to compare and probably inappropriate to compare one to another. what have you seen that really sticks out to you? >> i think it is very interesting, anderson. we certainly have covered tornados with wider areas of destruction, joplin was one such example. here in this relatively small area here in illinois and this one block where the victims were hit, they were hit so hard they never had any chance to survive whatsoever. >> and the spot you're in, it looks very much the way it did last night. is there already clean up under way? >> yeah. this is a retail area. they're not touching this because the priority is the homes that were destroyed. what's remarkable is seeing all the work going on and not just people from harrisburg but people from all over this area, illinois, indiana, kentucky, who have come and tried to help out
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and cleaning up as we speak. we hear the machines in the background. >> i talked to the mayor last night and i remember him saying people from that town had gone and volunteered in joplin, missouri, last year, and so it is nice to see folk from all over coming to help. gary, appreciate the day and i am sure it has been difficult. still ahead, a showdown in the senate over contraception and the sudden passing of andrew breitbart, dead at the age of 43. [ male announcer ] this is lawn ranger -- eden prairie, minnesota. in here, the landscaping business grows with snow. to keep big winter jobs on track, at&t provided a mobile solution that lets everyone from field workers to accounting, initiate, bill, and track work in real time. you can't live under a dome in minnesota, that's why there's guys like me.
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i'm isha sesay. first, 360 bulletin. andrew breitbart died at the age of 43. his website said he died unexpectedly of natural causes. his blog postings drew praise from conservatives and disdain from liberals and he was a key force in the tea party movement. a showdown in the senate over contraception. they killed an amendment that would have permitted employers to avoid providing healthcare coverage they disagree with on moral grounds such as contraception. opponents said it gave employees too much latitude in the employee's healthcare decisions. same sex marriage is now legal in maryland. the governor signed legislation making maryland the eighth state to permit same sex marriage and he called it a question of human dignity. sarah palin is making a preemptive strike against the hbo movie against her.
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>> mega star. >> it is hard to know if the dog is pained by the sound of the harmonica or pleased by the sound. >> it does not seem like a happy partnership. >> it is great. goes on and on. thanks very much. soledad talked to a family of a 60-year-old they believe was abducted this week by the syrian military. also, ann coulter reflects on the life of andrew breitbart. coming up, the ridiculist, we'll ask you not to laugh for your own safety. ( whirring and crackling sounds )
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time for "the ridiculist" and tonight we're adding the dangers of laughter. the discovery fit and health channel has a new showed called "curious and unusual deaths," and the show introduced us to an englishman named alex mitchell who sat down in 1975 to watch his favorite show and expecting a bit of a laugh. >> what he wasn't expecting was a skit where a kilted scots man battles a man with a tube of black pudding. >> british comedy. remind me what's so funny. about a tube of black pudding? is that blood sausage? hilarious. delightful. you can tell by the ominous music it is not going to end well. >> once mitchell starts laughing, he finds it very hard to stop. mitchell has now been laughing for 15 consecutive minutes. with no end in sight, he is unable to speak. urine has leaked from his bladder. mitchell died from laughter.
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>> urine has leaked from his bladder. yeah, so who knew you could die laughing? i guess i shouldn't laugh about this. an expert known as the laugh doctor broke it down explaining after 20 minutes of continuous laughter there is tremendous strain on the heart and you aren't getting enough oxygen and so on. >> the muscle that get most fatigued would be the smooth muscles, the sfingter, of the body. >> really? really. this is an educational show. i am a little concerned about the notion of dying laughing because, well, i certainly have had my moments. [ laughter ] [ laughter ] [ laughter ]
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[ laughter ] [ laughter ] all right. [ laughter ] all right. sorry. [ laughter ] >> so the laugh doctor from curious and unusual deaths says that laughter reduces stress, boosts the immune system, releases pain, decreases anxiety and a host of benefits so i guess that's the good news as long as you can stop before it gets too dangerous. that does it for us.

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